My career started in 2001 with illustrations for children's books and scenario's for Donald Duck magazine. Ever since I've worked for lots of publishers, media, museums and theatre productions. I also made a lot of short comic strip stories, most of them without words. I try to express things like desire, silence, lonelyness. Mostly in sketchy realism, using light, color for atmosphere.

Curriculum Vitae

Jan Cleijne (1977, Roosendaal, the Netherlands)
Illustrator, comic book artist, painter

Freelancer, business started in august 2001

  • (o.a.) 'What a fantastic book this is. Not only is it a wonderfully concise history of the Tour, its competitors' stoicism and skulduggery displayed to compelling effect, it is quite ravishing to behold' – The Guardian, 21 juni 2014
  • (o.a.) 'Briljante vondst: De Tour in een striproman gevangen' – Friesch Dagblad, 6 juni 2013
  • 'Een kunstenaar met idealen.' – Het Parool, 11 oktober 2011 
Prices / Bursaries
  • 2016 Selection for the olympisch cultural program "HOBRA" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, july 11 -  august 1. 
  • 2014 Graphic Novel of the Year (Legends of the Tour), The Guardian
  • 2014 Graphic Novel of the Year (Legends of the Tour), Creative Bloq
  • 2010 2nd price Benelux Comic Book Price voor 'Zuidas'
  • 2009 Bursary – Dutch Fund of Fine Arts for developing concept art for the animation feature “Bloom” by Studio Mooves
  • 2010 Bursary – Dutch Fund of Fine Arts for developing the comic novel series “Zuidas"
  • 2015 solo exhibition in the Amsterdam Town Hall (september, oktober)
  • 2014 solo exhibition in Galerie Lambiek, Amsterdam (juli, augustus)
  • 2012 solo exhibition at the Amsterdam East District Office (june -september 2012)
  • 2012 groupexhibition Orient Express at the Patronaat, Haarlem (july 2012)
  • 2011 solo exhibition Kunstvitrines Transvaalbuurt at the Christiaan de Wetstraat, Amsterdam (october 2011-present)
  • 2011 groepexhibition Benelux Beeldverhalenprijs 2011 in 37 PK, Haarlem (april-augustus 2011)
  • 2010-2011 groupexhibition Mooi is dat! in the Public Library of Amsterdam (november 13 2010- januari 16 2011), Central Library of Groningen (februari 4-22, 2011), Central Library of The Hague (july 12 – september 12, 2011) and at the Central Library of Rotterdam (november-december 2011). Multiple selections were exposed at the ministry of OCW (februari-april 2011), at the Day of Literature at the Rotterdamse Doelen (maart 17, 2011) and at the Beijing International Book Fair (august 2011)
  • 2010 groupexhibition Benelux Beeldverhalenprijs 2010 in the Scryption Museum, Tilburg (april-august) and at the Holland Animation Film Festival, Utrecht (september)
  • Jan Cleijne, Las Leyendas del Tour de Francia. Barcelona, Principal de los libros, 2016. Gebonden, 160 p. ISBN: 9788416223497
  • Lida Dijkstra en Jan Cleijne, Dex Durfal. Alkmaar: Kluitman, 2015. Gebonden, 32 p. ISNB: 9789020678185
  • Peter Smit en Jan Cleijne, Het Concert. Amsterdam: Rubinstein, 2015. Gebonden, 36 p. ISBN: 9789047620204
  • Jan Cleijne e.a., Op Missie. Veldhoven: Strip 2000, 2014. Gebonden, 60 p. ISBN: 9789462800731
  • Peter Smit en Jan Cleijne, Feest in de Trein. Amsterdam, Rubinstein, 2014. Gebonden, 36 p. ISBN: 9789047617785
  • Jan Cleijne, Legends of the Tour. London: Head of Zeus, 2014. Gebonden, 160 p. ISBN 9781781859995
  • Jan Cleijne, Helden van de Tour. Amsterdam: Oog & Blik | De Bezige Bij, 2013. Gebonden, 144 p. ISBN 978-9054923800.
  • Filosofie magazine (monthly illustrations, 2013)
  • NRC Handelblad (five redrawn comics from 'De Bovenbazen' by Marten Toonder, may - october 2012)
  • Tekenaars eren een meesterwerk: De Bovenbazen. Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij, 2012. Gebonden 130p. ISBN 978-9023474081.
  • Gert Jan Pos & Willem Thijssen (red.), Filmfanfare ('Karakter', p. 79). Amsterdam:
  • Oog & Blik|De Bezige Bij, 2012. Gebonden, 112 p. ISBN 978-9054923480.
  • X was hier ('Binnendieze'). Amsterdam: Nationaal Historisch Museum, 2011. Virtual project of historical sites in the Netherlands
  • BS magazine ('Terugkomst', october 2012)
  • P@per ('De Verhuizing' november 2012)
  • Jan Cleijne, Zeven Beeldverhalen. Amsterdam, self-published, 2012.
  • Gert Jan Pos e.a. (red.), Mooi is dat! ('Het lied der dwaze bijen', p. 61). Amsterdam: De Vliegende Hollander, 2010. Gebonden, 128 p. ISBN 978-9049501570.
  • NRC.Next ('Zuidas', 22 april 2010)
  • Donald Duck magazine (scenarios, 2002-2008)
  • National Geographic Junior (monthly rear page comic 'Luuk', 2008-09)



  • 1996-1997 Academy for fine art and design, Den Bosch
  • 1997-1998 Academy for fine art and design, Maastricht
  • 1998-2000 Academy for fine art and design, Arnhem

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